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Central and South America Program Coordinator:
Natalie Southwick
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New York, NY 10108 USA
  

Investigative journalist Paola Ugaz faces criminal defamation suit in Peru

New York, September 22, 2020 — Peruvian authorities must stop the campaign of legal harassment against journalist Paola Ugaz and take steps to reform the country’s criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Ninth Criminal Court of Lima held the first hearing in a criminal defamation trial for Ugaz, an…

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Argentinian radio journalist Luis Alberto Mancini assaulted after reporting on local corruption

Miami, September 21, 2020 — Argentinian authorities must investigate the assault on journalist Luis Alberto Mancini, find out whether it was related to his journalistic work, and prosecute his assailants, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 16 around 11 a.m., Mancini was violently attacked by two men while hosting his radio program, “Mano…

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Former VOA staffer Al Pessin on VOA’s role amid the Trump-appointee shakeup

At the end of August, journalists with the U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America (VOA) took the extraordinary step of ringing a public alarm bell about moves by the new CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees VOA and several other outlets. VOA broadcasts in 47 languages and employs both U.S. citizens…

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Canada denies entry to Danish journalist Kristian Lindhardt covering Indigenous land rights

On August 21, 2020, Canadian immigration authorities at the Vancouver International Airport denied entry to Kristian Lindhardt, a Danish national working on an independent documentary film and freelancing for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and other outlets, according to news reports and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview. Lindhardt said that Canadian…

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Colombian reporters face criminal defamation inquiry for reporting on assault allegations

Bogotá, Colombia, September 18, 2020 – Colombian authorities should not pursue criminal defamation charges against journalists Catalina Ruiz-Navarro and Matilde de los Milagros Londoño, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In early September, the Colombian attorney general’s office ordered freelance journalists Ruiz-Navarro and Londoño to appear for questioning on September 14 in response to…

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Journalist Josie Huang arrested, charged with obstructing police in Los Angeles

Washington D.C., September 16, 2020 — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department should immediately drop all charges against journalist Josie Huang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the evening of September 12, sheriff’s deputies tackled and arrested Huang, a reporter for a National Public Radio member station KPCC and local news website LAist,…

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Nicaragua court seizes assets of independent broadcaster Canal 12

Managua, Nicaragua, September 14, 2020 – Nicaraguan authorities should immediately release the assets of independent broadcaster Nicavision Canal 12 and allow all media outlets to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 11, Managua Judge Luden Quiroz García ordered the seizure of the outlet’s assets, including the channel’s main offices, vehicles…

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UN’s Guterres must renew call to free jailed journalists amid pandemic

In light of recent deaths of journalists in custody, CPJ implores U.N. Secretary-General Guterres to use the full power of his office to renew the call to free all jailed journalists.

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Physical Safety: Covering wildfires

Wildfires are becoming more frequent across the world and increasing in both severity and extent, according to Science Brief, a website that reviews peer-reviewed scientific studies on various topics, including climate change. Media workers covering any wildfire should be aware of the dynamic nature of such a disaster, and how a rapidly evolving situation on…

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Mexican reporter Julio Valdivia found beheaded in Veracruz state

Mexico City, September 10, 2020 – Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a thorough and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Julio Valdivia and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The body of Valdivia, a reporter for the local El Mundo newspaper, was found yesterday afternoon in the municipality…

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